3 Common Misconceptions About Graphic Designers
Since the age of 12, I knew I wanted to be a creator. After starting my own knitting business in middle school (well, once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur), my favorite part of the process was creating my logo in Microsoft Word. Yes, you read that right. Before I understood all of the possibilities and resources available to me, my journey started in Word.
I went to college to be a Graphic Designer because I knew I wanted to connect with people through art, work with clients and have a different day every day. But, there are a few things the last 6 years have taught me.
1. We're Photoshop Wizards
In the age of Instagram models and name-it-we-can-fix-it beauty procedures, photoshop is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to get rid of flaws. The thing is, there’s an entire industry of professionals that retouch photos for a living (I’m not kidding, look). That is not me, and I don’t want it to be because I believe everyone is beautiful in their own way. Seriously, I think your mole is beautiful.
2. Designing is Easy
I don’t live under a rock. Sure my office is across the hall from my bedroom, but it’s not under a rock. I know that free websites and design templates are out there. I know there’s a lot of people that choose to design their own products and logos. Sometimes the simplest designs have taken me the most time — but that’s because we look at the design as a whole and say “what here is necessary and what isn’t” and then we remove what isn’t and keep refining until it’s perfect.
3. We Sit Around and Doodle All Day
I FRIGGIN’ WISH! A lot of my job is answering emails, brainstorming ideas and doing research on industries. All before the doodling. But I can happily admit, there’s a fair amount of doodling involved.
Beyond the eye rolls and the misconceptions, when I reflect on my job and working for myself full-time, I can confidently say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I am learning constantly, having fun and spreading joy. That’s what it’s all about, right?
What is your job? What is the biggest misconception and what is your favorite part? Let me know on my latest Instagram post!
** This blog post is not intended to offend or one person or group. It’s light-hearted, silly and mostly true. Please understand its purpose and do not allow it to define your opinion on the industry or your purpose. Keep on doin’ you, boo!